Published January 26. 2023 08:35AM
by Jeff Moeller Special to the Press
Senior Gavin Fehr already has a good sense and idea about the postseason tournaments ahead.
He recently had a reminder of the future at the Coal Cracker Tournament at Lehighton High School. Fehr finished eighth in the 145-pound weight class, and the Rough Riders were 30th in the 59-team field.
“The Coal Cracker was definitely a really tough tournament,” stated Fehr, who has a 24-4 mark with 17 falls. “It gave all of us a taste of how the postseason is going to look.”
At the Coal Cracker, Fehr expected more.
“I didn’t wrestle as well as I would’ve hoped, but it felt good overall to place,” added Fehr.
“I had one of the tougher brackets in the tournament with every kid ahead of me ranked in the top five in the state.
“So, I went into it with the goal of placing, and I was able to do it.”
Junior C.J. Beller was the highest Roughie place winner with a seventh-place finish at 215. Beller is 24-4 with 16 falls.
Fellow junior Mikhail Hartranft has a 22-7 slate at 121 and freshman Evan Reed is 16-9 with 10 falls at 107.
Fehr began the week with 96 career wins, four short of the venerable 100-win career mark.
The Roughies, who have a 6-1 mark in dual meets, will travel to Northwestern Wednesday for their final league match. They will end the week with the Colonial League Championships, which will be hosted by Catty.
Head Coach Joe Russo was pleased with his team’s showing.
“The tournament has 59 teams, both 2A and 3A state champions, and place winners and qualifiers from everywhere,” said Russo. “Beller and Fehr battled to seventh and eighth. Hartranft and Reed were one win away from placing.
“It was a good test for all of our wrestlers as we prepare for the league tournament next Sunday at our place.”
Fehr is anticipating a big finish.
“I’m now just four wins away from 100,” said Fehr. “My season is going pretty good, and I am anxious to get to the postseason.”
Contributed photo Gavin Fehr and C.J. Beller won medals at the recently-held Coal Cracker Tournament. Fehr took eighth and Beller took seventh.